I dunno, I kinda like the rules. I think. But then last night I found a tractor in Gorka. Me and MB set off towards Berezino (him running, me driving), and stopped off at the petrol station to the east of Gorka. We loaded it up, and then MB got one-shotted by a zombie. I ran back to help but didn't have enough ammo, and he got eaten
I got back in the tractor and ran over the zeds and loaded in MB's gear. I drove up a nearby hill by some trees and got out to sort out the gear, as I'd made a bit of a mess doing it in a rush before, when I see a guy running through the trees towards the tractor. It was between me and him, so he probably didn't see me. Rather than risk discussing it, as well as not being able to offer him a lift and being aware of the KOS rule, I just jumped in and drove off. He immediately opened fire on full-auto with an AK, and knocked my hull and engine down to red. Now, I thought opening fire on a vehicle unprovoked was a big no-no, but then if he thought it was unclaimed and that someone had just happened to get there a few seconds before him, then suddenly the waters get a little murkier.
On the other hand, when I'd driven it down to Krutoy Cap to wait for MB to come and get his stuff, I saw a guy right by me. He was unarmed and we were out of sight of the road, and he asked me not to shoot him. I said it was cool, and asked him to leave and not touch the tractor. He thanked me and left. So that was cool.
Shortly after I got back on the road and drove to Kamyshovo to meet MB. I saw a ghillie-suited guy coming the other way on a bicycle, and we passed each other without incident.
Then further on I saw MB and stopped in the middle of the road. But then he logged out to activate his skin before getting his stuff, in case the skin overwrote all his gear. I jumped out and his in a bush, watching the tractor (there was absolutely nowhere to hide it, and with the engine on red I didn't want to risk someone taking a shot and blowing me up). Next thing I saw a guy at the back of it, clearly going through the gear. MB says it's not him, so I told him to get away from the tractor or I'd shoot (at this point I have a Bizon and M1911, both with no ammo, and I'd left the .50 cal with 30 rounds in the tractor...). He called my bluff, saying "no". Suddenly MB's AK appeared in his hands, so I ran out and jumped into the tractor and drove off.
I got a couple of hundred yards when MB said "you know there was no ammo for the AK, right?"
I do now, and turned around to go and run him over.
On my way, rmg said "you know he could have had an AK mag himself, right?"
I do now, as suddenly the guy takes a couple of pot shots. I made it away unscathed.
I drove back north and into the woods, looking for a safe place to wait for my ATV. On a little dirt track there was a guy sitting in a jeep with the engine off. He started it up when he saw me, and we moved over for each other to pass, and gave a friendly little toot of the horns. On other servers I would have assumed he would have immediately jumped out of the jeep and shot me.
I found a nice place, and promptly crashed into a tree. The tractor started making weird banging noises, and I just had time to grab the Barrett and some spare matches/map/food before it erupted in flames.
It's nice going into places like Berezino without feeling like you're going to be sniped at any minute. I looted all those towns in the east and north east yesterday without incident.
Anyway, where are you Strat? I need to give you this Barrett asap. Don't worry about trying to find me a weapon. Just take this off my hands so I can go looking for one myself without being scared of getting mugged or eaten and losing such a good rifle